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The view from the olive tree: ecotherapy for better mental health

The dark summer This summer I've discovered how a family going through emotional stress can be healed by their garden space. I need to be matter-of-fact about the next bit as it is not the focus of this piece but is necessary for the overall content and is the reason this blog has been quiet … Continue reading The view from the olive tree: ecotherapy for better mental health

30 Days Wild: Days 21 to 30 – baby in hospital

Absence It has been along time since I last posted, I have missed writing. However, as you'll see below, we have had a bit of a tough time and frankly, I have prioritised spending time with our little boy Archie. Sometimes, time and love are the only things you can focus on. In hospital It's … Continue reading 30 Days Wild: Days 21 to 30 – baby in hospital

Rose chafer beetle

30 Days Wild: Days 9 to 20 – struggles to maintain momentum

Maintain momentum I made a commitment to complete 30 Days Wild and that’s what I’m going to do. For me, a key part of the scheme is to get oneself into the habit of connecting to nature daily. However, when it’s a conscious thing to do initially, you have to maintain momentum to get that … Continue reading 30 Days Wild: Days 9 to 20 – struggles to maintain momentum

The Five Ways to Wellbeing: how to feel good and function well

Wellbeing is multifaceted Looking after ourselves and our families isn’t always easy. Some days doing things that normally make us feel better just don’t work. Our wellbeing is a multi-faceted aspect of our overall health, which is shaped during our development in the womb, our social and physical environments, and can fluctuate on a daily … Continue reading The Five Ways to Wellbeing: how to feel good and function well

Archie enjoying nature views at Tyntesfield

30 Days Wild, Days 3 to 8: our family focus on wellbeing

Delightful British summer Well! What weather we’ve had this week… Not exactly the delightful British summer we always hope for, but then we’ve had some amazing days in the last couple of months. When the weather turns bad, it can be hard to think of ways to connect with nature when you have a young … Continue reading 30 Days Wild, Days 3 to 8: our family focus on wellbeing

Nature improves our health and wellbeing: Part 2

Simple ways to enhance health and wellbeing In Part 1, I introduced the wide range of scientific evidence proving that nature connection improves our health and wellbeing. Here in Part 2, I highlight some interesting facts we now know about how this happens. All studies referred to below are cited in The Wildlife Trusts' report, … Continue reading Nature improves our health and wellbeing: Part 2

30 Days Wild, run by The Wildlife Trusts

Taking part in 30 Days Wild 2017

Wild Happy Well is taking part in 30 Days Wild! The Wild Happy Well family is taking part in 30 Days Wild! Here on the blog I’ll be writing about our wild adventures – our Random Acts of Wildness – and how I think it’s improving our nature connection. See Part 1 of my post … Continue reading Taking part in 30 Days Wild 2017